While the weather may not seem to suggest it, the autumn season is upon us. With this change in season comes a myriad of changes ranging from our guests to activities throughout Hilton Head Island and our resort.
At Alexander's Restaurant, the Fall season offered Chef Sean Carroll an opportunity to present a new menu. Alexander's Restaurant Chef Carroll shares, "I was really excited when it came time for me to make some changes to our menu. The new season opens up a different avenue of ingredients and flavors. Since my primary sources are local growers, farmers and fisherman, what's available in our area factors into the culinary experiences we can provide for our guests."
Guillermo Carrera, Alexander's Restaurant Manager adds, "We're excited to welcome back our Fall season guests. For those that have been coming year after year, this will be their first visit in a while since the restaurant was not open last Fall. The team is ready to introduce them to the new Alexander's and look forward to forging new long-term guest relationships."
Here's a peek at some of the new dishes on the menu:
Autumn Greens Salad (pictured above) features mixed greens with tart cherries, roasted butternut squash, candied pecans, feta cheese with a charred orange vinaigrette.
Braised Beef Short Rib (pictured above) slow cooked low and slow for 4 hours in red wine, carrot, celery, onions, spices, beef stock, chicken stock and herbs. The short ribs are accompanied by creme fraiche whipped potatoes, baby spinach, roasted tomato, garlic and a "red eye" veal glace. Garnish includes a large beer battered onion ring and parsley.
Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop entree includes a grilled 12 oz bone-in pork chop that has been brined in apple cider for 18 hours and accompanied by collard greens, Geechie Boy grits and espresso BBQ jus. Garnish includes scallion grass, micro greens and toasted bread crumbs.
The updated Fall menu also brought on some new desserts including a Homemade Apple Cobbler (Granny Smith apples, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream), Toasted Almond "Eclair" (pate choux, whipped cream, coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce) and Pistachio Chocolate Marquise (dark and white chocolate with pistachio geniose).
Hilton Head Island is food-lover’s paradise. While the Island is only 12 miles long, it’s home to more than 250 restaurants. The bounty of choices can be overwhelming, so we thought we’d help you narrow down your options, depending on what you’re in the mood for. Here are ten of the best Hilton Head restaurants and eateries:
1. Where To Go For Date Night
One of Hilton’s Head’s hottest spots, the Lucky Rooster is the perfect pick for date night, whether you’re just getting to know someone, or you’re leaving the kids with the babysitter. The Lucky Rooster’s décor is intimate without being stuffy (you can draw on the paper tablecloth) and the farm-to-table cuisine is inventive and ever-changing. For a touch of whimsy, be sure to order one of their delicious tiki cocktails.
Photo Credit: @luckyroosterhhi
2. Where To Take The Kids
Big Jim's BBQ, Burgers & Pizza
A family favorite for guests and visitors alike, with beautiful views of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. In addition to lots of choices on their pleasing kids menu, as the name suggests, Jim’s has a wide selection of appetizers, burgers, made-to-order pizzas, and BBQ that’s sure to please the whole crew. Looking for more family dining options on Hilton Head Island? Check out this family-friendly restaurant round-up.
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3. Where To Eat On A Budget
Stu’s Surfside Subs
Stu’s Surfside Subs sells delicious hot and cold submarine sandwiches, ideal for grabbing on your way to or from the beach near Coligny Plaza. Made-to-order, these subs won’t break the bank. Enjoy a custom creation, or order one of their local specialties like the Harbor Town Classic or The Islander.
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4. Where To Splurge
Charlie’s L’Etoile Vere
For a night of decadence on Hilton Head Island, head to Charlie’s L’Etoile Vere, also commonly called The Green Star. The restaurant has been a mainstay since 1982. Specializing in French cuisine, on the menu you’ll find delicacies like escargot a la Bourguignonne, Rack of Lamb, Local Swordfish, and more. Their wine list has an extensive selection of old-world wines as well as selections from California and Oregon.
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5. Where To Eat Great Seafood
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
You’ll find delicious seafood at Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar in Palmetto Dunes. Appetizer selections include oysters, crab cakes, and popcorn calamari. For main dishes, you can choose between flounder that’s stuffed with crab, diver scallops, and grilled grouper. There’s also plenty of land-based choices for anyone in your party averse to seafood.
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6. Where To Go For Great Meat
For anyone who prefers ‘turf’ to ‘surf’ HH Prime—located inside the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes—is the place to go. Mouthwatering steaks are their specialty, with USDA Prime Grade beef. Watch your filet mignon or bone-in ribeye be grilled for you from the open show kitchen. For extra decadence, top your steak with some of their foie gras butter.
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7. Where To Eat Breakfast
Is there a better place to go for breakfast than a classic diner? We don’t think so! This Island staple is great for a quick, but filling meal. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, and bacon, you’ll find all of your breakfast favorites here. A few quick tips to help your first trip go smoothly: it’s cash only, and self-serve, when you come in select what you want to eat, write it down and hand it in.
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8. Where To Eat Lunch
The Dunes House
For a delicious, al fresco beachside lunch in Palmetto Dunes, look no further than The Dunes House. On the menu– all cooked in the outdoor kitchen–you’ll find all your favorite lunchtime classics like grilled burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and wraps. The house specialty is their fish taco, topped with a delicious black bean relish. The Dunes House is open to Palmetto Dunes resort guests and property owners.
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9. Where To Go For Dessert
Hilton Head Social Bakery
French flair meets Southern Charm at this delightful bakery. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a mouthwatering selection of French classics like pain au chocolat, eclairs, macarons, and mille-feuille. American classics include cinnamon buns, NY-style cheesecake, and bread pudding.
10. Where To Go For Lowcountry Classics
Hudson on the Docks
Situated right on the dock of Skull Creek, Hudson’s prepares delicious Lowcountry cuisine, with an emphasis on locally caught seafood. From appetizers including fried green tomatoes and crab cakes, to mains of local shrimp and grits or blackened flounder and peanut butter pie for dessert, you can enjoy a meal full of Lowcountry classics.
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Did we whet your appetite? We’d love to see where (and what) you ended up eating. Tag your Hilton Head food photos on Instagram with #PalmettoDunes. Happy eating y’all!
Taking the kids with you on vacation to Palmetto Dunes Resort? Making dinner a family affair doesn’t have to limit you to fast-food standbys. Dine at these family-friendly and kid-approved Hilton Head Island restaurants, and the whole gang can enjoy the experience.
10. A Lowcountry Backyard
True to its name, this eatery has a big beautiful backyard filled with swings, plants, fire pits, and plenty of seating. Lowcountry Backyard serves up all your favorite southern classics, including their famous Shrimp & Grits, Lowcountry Pimento Cheese, and homemade Banana Puddin’.
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9. Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza
Named after the founder of Palmetto Dunes, you’ll find this popular joint on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Just like the name says, this restaurant serves up hearty burgers, pizza, and BBQ. You can’t go wrong with any menu item that comes smothered in Jim’s barbecue sauce, and his Tennessee coleslaw is legendary. On the kid’s menu, besides the usual fries, you can switch up their sides to mac n’ cheese, apple slices, or corn on the cob.
8. Carolina Crab Company
Dine dockside with the family at Palmetto Bay’s Carolina Crab Company. Tell your kids to keep an eye out for dolphins in the water—they are known to swim by. There’s lot of choice on the kid’s menu and for the adults? Consider starting your meal with some spicy Fried Crab Bites, or chow down on some Carolina Crab Chowder. The Jack Pot is a popular Boil, filled with Maine lobster, crab legs, clams, shrimp, and oysters. A true feast for any seafood lover.
Photo Credit: @carolinacrabco
7. Fishcamp on Broad Creek
On beautiful Broad Creek you’ll find the family-friendly Fishcamp restaurant. Grab a seat out on the pet-friendly patio if you can, where there are games and outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained. There’s often live music, too. On the menu, you’ll find lots of seafood, from a Shellfish Tower to Daufuskie Island Blue Crab Cakes. And for the kids? The menu’s got basics like Chicken Fingers and plain Kids Pasta for pickier palates, and Petite Filet Mignon and Snow Crab Legs for the more adventurous young adults.
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6. Hilton Head Ice Cream
When you and the family need to cool down, head to Hilton Head Ice Cream. At the Fountain Center you’ll find homemade ice cream in so many flavors, there’s bound to be something for everyone. The kids will especially love options like Cookie Monster and Superman, while grown-ups will want to dig into flavors like Kaluha Chip and Cayenne Chocolate.
Photo Credit: @hiltonheadicecream
5. Kenny B’s French Quarter Café
Oh la la! Add a little French Cajun flair to your trip with a visit to Kenny B’s French Quarter Café. On the menu, you’ll find lots of Creole classics like Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and Muffulettas. Kids will get a kick out of their meals being served in dog bowls. The real draw here though, are the Beignets. These French-inspired donuts are made fresh, daily and are served to you piping hot out of the oil, with a liberal dusting of powdered sugar. Kids of all ages go crazy for ‘em.
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4. Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café
Located near the Palmetto Bay Marina, this is a great spot to bring the kids for breakfast or lunch. The lunch menu includes lots of soup and sandwich options, but the all-day breakfast menu is where it’s at. You’ll find all of the classics like Eggs Benedict multiple ways, pancakes, and omelets. For the little ones, with little appetites, there’s an extensive side dish section, where kids can build their own breakfast.
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3. Palmetto Dunes General Store
Going out to eat is great, but sometimes, even on vacation you just want a night in. Villas in Palmetto Dunes come with fully equipped kitchens, so if you feel like making your own meals, head on over to the Palmetto Dunes General Store. With their supplies, you can grab everything you need to make a meal at home. Kids love to help! Ask them for their input in-store, then have them get their hands dirty helping out. Don’t feel like going out, but also don’t feel like cooking? The General Store also offers take-out breakfast and lunch options, including their famous Fried Chicken.
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2. Salty Dog Café
This perennial favorite can be found on the waterfront in Sea Pines. You can’t go wrong with their Salty Dog Po’Boy, and for those over 21, a frozen margarita. On the kid’s menu, you’ll find a wide selection of favorites, liked Fried Fish Nuggets, made from fresh fish. Kids who clean their plate earn a special sticker! It’s a popular spot, but if there’s a wait, you’ll get a buzzer, so you and the kids can keep busy with a stroll or a peruse through the gift shop.
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1. Skull Creek Boathouse Situated right on the waterfront, the comings and goings of the boats will keep your kiddos entertained through the meal, while you can indulge in a seafood feast. If it comes from the sea, chances are the Skull Creek Boathouse serves it, from classic Lowcountry Boils to Salt & Vinegar Crab Cakes, and even sushi. Does dining with the kids mean you’re eating early? Take advantage of their Sunset Supper specials, available daily from 4:00-5:30pm.
Photo Credit: @skullcreekboathouse
And, while dining with kids can be delightful, if you’re in the mood for an adults-only date night, order in pizza for the kids and a sitter, and enjoy the best places in Palmetto Dunes to grab a drink.
Travel & Leisure Magazine has released its annual World’s Best Awards, and guests voted Hilton Head the Best Island in the Continental U.S. Not only that, our Lowcountry slice of paradise was listed as the second best island in the world! We’re thrilled, and not surprised. If you’ve ever been to Hilton Head Island you know just how spectacular a destination it is! We hear it from guests all the time! To celebrate this incredible accolade, we’re listing off 10 reasons why Hilton Head is the best island.
10. The Convenience
With two airports servicing Hilton Head Island, plenty of non-stop flights, and easy land access, getting to Hilton Head is as easy as a South Carolina breeze! This year Air Canada launched non-stop service from Toronto, Canada so even our neighbors to the north can hop on a plane to our slice of paradise!
9. The Adventure
Hilton Head Island offers the perfect setting for outdoor adventure. Hit the open water on a sailboat, kayak, or fishing charter, or enjoy the quiet calm of the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon. Bike trails, pillage like pirates, zip-line across the sky, or zoom full speed ahead on a catamaran built for two! There’s no end to thrilling outdoor activities on Hilton Head.
8. The Wildlife
Our scenic natural surroundings provide more than just stunning photo opportunities—they’re home to a vibrant and varied array of wildlife, too! You could see dolphins, sharks, fish, oysters, birds, deer, even gators on your Hilton Head Island vacation.
7. The Weather
We’re fortunate, on Hilton Head Island, to have some of the best weather around! Not only can we golf year round, we enjoy comfortable temperatures regardless of the season. During the summer months, temperatures soar as high as 89 degrees and even in winter the temperature hovers around 60.
6. The Laidback Lifestyle
There’s something incredibly relaxing about the laidback way of life in Lowcountry. We’re never in a rush down here! Taking the time to enjoy the sunshine, beautiful surroundings, and each other’s company is part of Hilton Head’s charm.
5. The Family-Friendly Atmosphere
Whether it’s the vacation rentals appointed with every convenience and comfort of home, the kids’ camps, family-friendly restaurants, or simply our quiet atmosphere, Hilton Head offers something for the entire family to enjoy! We have guests who have been visiting with their families for years, and kids who have grown up reveling in the fun of a Hilton Head Island vacation.
4. The Food
There’s nothing quite like good old-fashioned Southern cookin’, and no shortage of it on Hilton Head Island. From local staples like oyster roasts and Lowcountry boils to Southern classics like shrimp n’ grits and fried chicken, your taste buds are in for a treat when you’re dining in Hilton Head.
3. The People
Over and over, we hear from guests who just can’t get over how friendly and helpful everyone is on Hilton Head Island! We think you’ll find that locals are courteous and kind—and up for a good time! Join us at Harbourfest or down at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for happy hour and you’ll see just what we mean.
2. The Golfing
Hilton Head Island is practically synonymous with good golfing, and it’s no wonder! With over 20 championship golf courses, including our three award-winning golf courses at Palmetto Dunes! There are courses for every experience level and playing style, and some of the best PGA-certified instructors to help you improve all aspects of your game.
1. The Beaches
If there’s one thing on Hilton Head Island that will take your breath away, it’s our beautiful beaches! Year round our guests are wowed by Hilton Head’s white sand, calm surf, stunning sunrises and beautiful water. Whether you’re biking along the water’s edge, taking a surf lesson, or simply enjoying the view, we think you’ll agree that spending the day at the beach on Hilton Head Island is top notch.
Summer has arrived on Hilton Head Island, and that means one thing: it’s time for sun, sand, and a drink in your hand! After all, the best way to cool down on a hot day is with a refreshing, summery beverage. Luckily, there are plenty of places to grab a delightful drink at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Here are ten island favorites.
The Dunes House
This beachfront eatery is a longstanding favorite with Palmetto Dunes guests and property owners. You simply can’t beat that ocean view! (See it for yourself by checking out the live webcam.) The Dunes House is famous for offering the best fish tacos on Hilton Head Island and a wide range of drinks served frozen or on the rocks.
Sip on this: The Arnie Palmer, a frozen cocktail featuring Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade.
This waterfront café brings French flair to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, with lunch and dinner menus featuring classic French cuisine. They offer a kids’ menu, so little ones can dine on chicken fingers or grilled cheese while the grownups indulge in favorites like escargot or mussels, paired with the perfect wine.
Sip on this: Rather than a cocktail, try something from Bistro 17’s extensive wine list.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Hilton Head Island guests and locals were thrilled when Alexander’s Restaurant reopened in March of 2017. The upscale seafood restaurant is back and better than ever, thanks to its menu of seasonally inspired cuisine and a revamped atmosphere. The brand new stand-up bar is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends.
Must-Try Cocktail: Enjoy a glass of the house wine for only $4, or choose your favorite from a wine list of over 100 selections.
San Miguel’s Mexican Café
Located in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, visitors to Hilton Head Island love dining on authentic Mexican food at San Miguel’s – and taking in those incredible Shelter Cove sunsets while they’re at it.
Sip on this: Their award-winning Cadillac Margarita.
XO Sports & Spirits
Located at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, XO Sports & Spirits is a popular place to grab a drink and watch the game. They offer classic pub snacks like pimento cheese dip, wings, and burgers, as well as a wide selection of craft, draft, and bottled beer.
Sip on this: The Peach Palmer includes Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, fresh lemon, peach puree, and iced tea.
Scott’s Fish Market
This waterfront hotspot has been a Hilton Head Island favorite for over 25 years! The outdoor bar, “Hurricane Harry’s”, offers enticing happy hour deals and an assortment of tropical libations make it one of the best places to grab a drink at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Grab a seat at Scott's Fish Market on Tuesday nights during HarbourFest and enjoy a cocktail during the fireworks display!
Sip on this: Hurricane Harry’s Rum Runner includes dark and white rum, and tropical fruit juices like pineapple and mango.
ELA’s Blu Water Grille
One of the most popular restaurants on Hilton Head Island, ELA’s was even featured in Bon Appetit magazine. Lowcountry locals and visitors love the outdoor dining, live music, and fresh-caught seafood. It’s the perfect Hilton Head Island spot for a romantic date night. ELA's boasts a fantastic boutique wine list, quality scotches, and perfectly crafted cocktails.
Sip on this: The Lemon Basil Martini features Svedka Citron, Triple Sec, and a splash of orange juice with fresh basil and lemons.
For a casual and fun night out on Hilton Head Island, you can’t go wrong with Big Jim’s —especially if there’s a game on! Watch sports year-round on the restaurant’s big TVs, or sit outside and watch the action on the Robert Trent Jones course. Kids and adults love the menu of burgers, pizza, and other comfort food. Enjoy an ice-cold beer, a glass of wine, or one of Big Jim’s signature cocktails! Pro tip: Visit on Martini Monday for $6 martinis all day.
Sip on this: The Lowcountry Long Island Iced Tea includes gin, vodka, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, Sweet & Sour Mix, and cola.
Bucci’s Italian Cuisine
This family-owned waterfront restaurant at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is famous for its great Italian cuisine, al fresco dining, and outdoor bar. Wednesdays through Saturdays, you can enjoy live music with your dinner or cocktail! Bucci’s happy hour, every Tuesday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is a popular time to visit.
Sip on this: The tropical and tasty Bucci’s Delight!
Conroy’s Restaurant & Lounge
Located at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, dining at this oceanfront restaurant is a must for seafood lovers.
Sip on this: The bartenders at Conroy’s will happily whip up a classic cocktail for you to toast your Hilton Head vacation.
Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill
Take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean with the flavorful Lebanese cuisine served up at Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill located at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
Sip on this: With such an extensive beer selection and excellent wine list, you’ll find the perfect pairing for your meal!
Wherever you choose to say “cheers”, you’re bound to have a good time when you’re at Palmetto Dunes! Even better, challenge yourself to trying all ten. Start planning your next vacation by checking out these deals and packages. Scoring a great price on your next Hilton Head Island getaway will give you something to toast to.
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We loved your #PDsummer photos so much last year, we’ve decided to bring back the Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge! Together we can make summer 2017 the best #PDsummer ever.
How the contest works:
Every Saturday this summer we’ll announce a theme. If you’re staying at the resort, snap a photo (or video!) fitting that theme and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PDsummer.
Each week, one lucky Instagrammer will win a Palmetto Dunes gift card! Not only that, each #PDsummer submission will be entered to win our Grand Prize Package at the end of the summer.
Weekly winners will be announced on Thursday mornings and must be available to pick up their prizes from the Palmetto Dunes Welcome Center located at 4 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928.
The 2017 Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge themes are:
June 10: Fireworks & Festivities
June 17: Courtship
June 24: Beach Waves
July 1: Stars & Stripes
July 8: Sunset Shots
July 15: Good Eats
July 22: On the Water
July 29: On Par
August 4: Two Wheelin’
August 12: Cheers!
August 19: Stunning Wildlife
August 26: My Favorite Place
So what are you waiting for? There’s nothing quite like summer vacation on Hilton Head Island, and we’ve got twelve weeks of summer fun at Palmetto Dunes to share!
Originally opened in 1977, Alexander’s Restaurant has been mainstay of the Hilton Head Island dining scene for decades. We’re thrilled to be able to reintroduce our neighbors and guests to the new Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, a classic Hilton Head Island restaurant that we’re sure you’re going to fall in love with all over again.
We’ve completely redesigned the space overlooking Palmetto Dunes lagoon and reimagined the seafood-based menu, with the help of executive chef Don Reinheardt and Chef de Cuisine Sean Carroll, to include locally-sourced produce and seafood. The result is an elegant dining room with well-crafted dishes, creative cocktails and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality.
Whether it’s an old favorite or a new entrée, here are five dishes we can’t wait to try from Alexander’s new menu:
The oysters on the half shell at Alexander’s are a seminal favorite and we’ve also added Oysters Alexander’s to the oh-so-appealing appetizer menu. Topped with bacon, horseradish cheddar and crab, it’s a tasty start to your meal and a perfect example of the bold flavors Chef Reinheardt and his team have created.
Palmetto Dunes Pimento Cheese
The perfect starter for your party, this cheesy dip with kick comes served with grilled flatbreads and cornichons.
Shrimp and Grits
What would a trip to the Lowcountry be without shrimp and grits? Alexander’s makes theirs with decadent sausage gravy and fresh golden tomatoes. We locally source the grits from Geechie Boy Mill on Edisto Island, S.C. Heirloom corn is used in the antique gristmills, which preserve the natural oils and flavors of the corn resulting in the most flavorful grits. This delicious twist on a Southern classic will have you coming back to Alexander’s again and again.
Fresh, Local Catch
Chef Reinheardt and his team are experts at seafood, and ordering their catch of the day is a brilliant way to experience their culinary creativity and taste the flavors of Hilton Head Island, including local fish such as grouper, flounder, and blue crabs.
Alexander's Wiener Schnitzel
While Alexander's is known for its seafood, we had to include this dish from their Land & Air Entrée menu! An Alexander's tradition, the wiener schnitzel is classically prepared and served on decadent whipped potatoes with a red wine demi-glace, capers, and seasonal vegetables.
What menu item has caught your eye? Tell us in the comments! Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar is open daily from 5–10 pm. To view the complete menu visit www.alexandersrestaurant.com, and for more information on all of the dining options at Palmetto Dunes visit www.palmettodunes.com/dining/hilton-head-island-dining.
Hilton Head Island has everything you need for the perfect vacation! Beautiful beaches, warm weather, friendly people, stunning scenery, top-notch golf, there’s no end to all of the things you can experience! But there are some things that you can only experience at Palmetto Dunes. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Palmetto Dunes vacation so you can cross these one-of-a-kind activities off your list.
1. Outdoor Pickleball
Pickleball is one of America’s fastest growing sports. This fast-paced paddle racket sport is often played in gymnasiums but at Palmetto Dunes you can play it outdoors in the South Carolina sunshine! Our tennis center offers 8 outdoor Pickleball courts and a variety of round robins, clinics and lessons for players of all ages and skill levels.
2. Lagoon Fishing
The man-made lagoon at Palmetto Dunes is one of our most unique features. It not only helped create the dunes our beach is famous for, it’s a vibrant ecosystem that weaves its way past our golf courses and through the property. The lagoon is home to a variety of fish and the experts at Palmetto Lagoon Fishing Charters have all of the gear and knowledge you need to land a catch!
3. See a Mermaid
The waters of Hilton Head Island are home to an astounding array of marine life, but, if you head out from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at Palmetto Dunes, you just might see the most elusive and mystical marine creature of all: the mermaid! This one-of-a-kind experience is a memorable family excursion and a fun experience for kids of all ages.
4. Fried Chicken at The General Store
If you don’t think the fried chicken at The General Store is an experience then you haven’t tried it! It’s no secret that fried chicken is a staple of Southern cuisine, and the homemade recipe that’s made daily at The General Store is crispy, juicy, and just plain delicious!
5. Fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Summer in Hilton Head isn’t complete without the weekly fireworks display at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! Join us throughout the summer for HarbourFest, and experience all that Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has to offer, plus live music, family entertainment, and of course fireworks!
by Alex Archibald, a guest blogger
Life can be so hectic in this day and age that it can be hard to find quality time to connect with your loved ones. Slowing down to a laid-back, Lowcountry pace is just the ticket to building stronger bonds and spending a romantic vacation together, enjoying each other’s company and the fun couples activities Palmetto Dunes has to offer.
I’ve seen way too many stunning sunrise photos on Instagram to miss seeing one in person, so I started the day by heading to the beach. It is worth the early morning wake up, believe me. As the sun rose and the tide shifted and the warmth of the sun began to spread across the beach, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear, nor could I stop thinking as I strolled along the white sand, “is this romantic, or what?!”. Palmetto Dunes offers three miles of beach to enjoy, so you can stroll for as long or little as you like.
After a breathtaking morning at the beach, I headed to Hilton Head Social Bakery for some breakfast. Paris is the city of love, so for a day all about romance, authentic French pastries seemed like the perfect fit! Philippe, owner and head pastry chef is a gregarious Frenchman who makes what might be the best croissant I’ve ever had. Even if you and your sweetheart are more of a ‘stay in the villa rental for breakfast in bed’ kind of couple, you should swing by Hilton Head Social Bakery at least once during your Palmetto Dunes couples vacation.
Next up on the road to romance was a visit to Hilton Head Outfitters to pick up a bicycle built for two! A tried-and-true couples activity that also happens to be an ideal way to explore the natural beauty of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Whether you follow the bike paths along the lagoon or head back to the beach to pedal along the sand, discovering your new surroundings together is a wonderful way to make memories as a couple.
When it comes to biking, you’ve got plenty of options! Explore the resort along the many bike trails. A trip through the south gate will take you through the George Fazio course and along the lagoon. Or, head through the north gate and turn off towards the beach! A bike ride along Palmetto Beach is restorative, romantic, and just plain beautiful.
Our Romantic Itinerary includes a trip to the spa, and after a visit to the Ocean Tides Spa at Omni Resort, I must say this is an enviable part of the prize indeed! Nikki at the spa was warm and welcoming and the space is beautiful. I felt more relaxed almost as soon as I walked in the door! The facilities include a sauna, stunning treatment rooms, a manicure/pedicure lounge, and hair salon. One look at the salon and nail lounge and I knew it would be the perfect place to get ready with your bridesmaids on your wedding day!
The spa offers many services and treatments so if a couples’ massage isn’t up your alley, try the Himalayan Salt Rock Massage—the spa’s most popular treatment—or a facial.
There’s no better place to watch the sun come up than the beach at Palmetto Dunes. If a romantic sunset is what you’re after, a sunset sail out of the marina is just the ticket! Our sunset cruise departed from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at 5:30 p.m. and headed out towards the point. The sunset beyond the silhouette of boats moored on public buoys was breathtaking, to say the least. Having a dolphin follow us home was icing on the cake.
To finish off an impeccable evening, we went for a decadent candlelit meal at one of Shelter Cove Marina’s most romantic restaurants: ELA’s Blu Water Grille. Situated at the end of the marina, the water views are unparalleled, and the food was divine. Oysters to set the mood, an ample wine list to choose from, and, to cap off the night, something sweet from a mouth-watering offering of house-made desserts.
From sunrise to sunset, and well into the warmth of a Lowcountry night, there are opportunities for romance everywhere you turn at Palmetto Dunes and our Romance Itinerary offers you some of the best of them.
Are you in love with the idea of a romantic getaway to Palmetto Dunes? Enter our Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest and you could win our Romance Itinerary!
What does your Palmetto Dunes vacation look like? Maybe you’re a sports buff drawn to our golf courses on Hilton Head Island, our tennis courts, or our outstanding outdoor activities. Maybe you’re looking for a secluded escape for two, filled with hazy Southern days and romantic Lowcountry nights. Maybe you’re looking for a vacation destination that the whole family will enjoy.
This February we’re showcasing all that Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers by showing off three ways to make the most of your Hilton Head Island vacation. Starting February 6, Alex from our social media team will be sharing three incredible itineraries at Palmetto Dunes. She’ll be live updating our social media profiles with all of her adventures so make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Of course, we’re always offering vacation ideas and travel tips on our blog so be sure to check back to hear all about Alex’s experiences on Hilton Head Island. Stay tuned and enter to win your favorite itinerary to see Palmetto Dunes your way. That’s right! We’re giving away a jam-packed Palmetto Dunes vacation based on one of our itineraries. There’s no shortage of things to do on Hilton Head Island and when you combine our vacation expertise with our laid back Lowcountry lifestyle, planning the perfect vacation is easy as can be.
Hi, I’m Alex and I can’t wait to share some of Palmetto Dunes’ most memorable vacation experiences with you! Do you have any favorite activities, restaurants or Hilton Head Island views that you think should be included on the ultimate Palmetto Dunes itinerary? Share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.